The man accused of killing his wife inside a Paulding County home was found dead hours later in Fulton County of an apparent suicide, police said late Wednesday.
Investigators believe Rockwell Thelmon Serrabo, 41, shot himself in the woods behind a Enon Road home, not far from where his Cadillac Escalade was found Wednesday afternoon, according to Cpl. Ashley Henson with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m., a woman who said she was Serrabo’s ex-girlfriend called 911 to report that the man told her he had killed his wife and was considering killing himself, Henson said. Deputies went to Serrabo’s Hiram home on Baywood Way, where they found his wife dead.
Nicole Thomas, 44, had been shot in the head, but Serrabo was not in the home, according to police. The shooting prompted a temporary lockdown at nearby Hiram High School.
The 911 caller told police that Serrabo was headed to Sandtown Park in Fulton County, Henson said. At the park, Fulton police found Serrabo’s vehicle parked and empty. Investigators from both Fulton and Paulding counties searched for the man, who police warned was armed and dangerous.
An Enon Road resident, whose name was not released, told police she heard a gunshot around 2 p.m. Later in the evening, her husband found a body behind the couple’s property and called police.